May 17, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION
Notice of Meeting
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, May 17, 2001
President: Anita Theoharis
Vice President: William W. Fay
Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore; Hector Chinchilla;
Jim Salinas, Sr.
Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery
Commission Calendars are available on the Internet
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422
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1660 MISSION STREET, 5TH FLOOR RECEPTION
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to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, (1) the adoption
or amendment of a general plan, (2) the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance,
(3) the adoption or amendment of any regulation attached to a specific plan,
(4) the adoption, amendment or modification of a development agreement, or (5)
the approval of a variance, conditional-use authorization, or any permit, you
may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the
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to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.
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for more information. Commission actions after Discretionary Review may be
appealed to the Board of Appeals within 15 days of action by the Central Permit
Bureau. Call (415) 575-6880 for more information. Zoning Administrator action
on a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10
days of issuance of the written decision.
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an item for consideration after 10:00 PM. If an item is scheduled but not called
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next available hearing. Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before
the stated time.
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Note: Each item on
the Consent or Regular calendar may include the following documents:
1) Planning Department Case Executive
2) Planning Department Case Report
3) Draft Motion or Resolution with
Findings and/or Conditions
4) Public Correspondence
These items will be
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1:30 PM _________
ROLL CALL: Commission President:
William W. Fay
Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore;
Hector Chinchilla; Cynthia Joe;
A. ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE
2645 BAKER STREET - west side between Union
and Green Streets; Lot 003 in Assessor's Block 0949. Requests for Discretionary
Review of Building Permit Application Nos. 2000/10/19/3483 and 2000/10/19/3487
to demolish a 3-story residence and build a new 4-story two-family home in an
Preliminary recommendation: Do not
take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.
(Proposed for Continuance
to June 14, 2001)
2935 PACIFIC AVENUE
- south side of Pacific between Baker and Broderick Streets, Lot 27 in Assessor’s
Block 976. Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application
No. 2000/12/21/8481 to merge three dwelling units into two units in an RM-2
(Mixed Residential, Moderate Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the building permit application.
(Proposed for Continuance
to June 21, 2001)
500 FRANCISCO STREET
(a.k.a. 401-499 BAY STREET & 501-599 BAY STREET) - north side of Francisco
Street between Mason Street and Columbus Avenue; Lot 1 in both Assessor’s Blocks
42 and 43. Request for a Conditional Use Authorization of a planned
unit development for approximately 360 affordable housing units, a child care
center, a computer learning center, ground level retail, and small scale neighborhood-serving
office space in an RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District and a
40-X Height and Bulk District.
(Proposed for Continuance
to July 19, 2001)
322 28TH AVENUE and 326 28TH AVENUE
- east side between California and Clement Streets, Lots 037 and 038 in Assessor’s
Block 1406. Requests for four separate Discretionary Reviews (two for each
lot) for permits pertaining to the tandem demolition of a single family house
and reconstruction of a two-unit, three-story over garage building on each lot
(Building Application Nos. 9920290 and 9920291 pertain to 322 28th Avenue, and
Application Nos. 9920288 and 9920289 pertain to 326 28th Avenue) in an RH-2
(Residential House, Two-family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary
Review and approve the project with modifications.
(Proposed for Continuance to July
87 PARNASSUS AVENUE
- southeast corner at Cole Street; Lot 022 in Assessor’s Block 1278. Request
for Conditional Use Authorization to allow the conversion of an existing nonconforming
small self-service restaurant to a full-service restaurant as required per Planning
Code Section 186.1(c)(3)(A) and defined in Sections 790.91 and 790.90, within
an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk
Avenue - bounded by Paul Avenue, Third Street, Bayshore Boulevard and railroad
spur track, Lot 14 of Assessor's Block 5431A. The proposal is an Appeal
of a Preliminary Negative Declaration for the demolition of an existing
40-foot-high warehouse/distribution building, which totals approximately 89,400
gross square feet to be replaced by a newly constructed 65-foot-high structure
with 339,300 gross square feet of space for Internet and telecommunication equipment
and 155 off-street parking spaces. The proposed facilities would be warehouses
for telecommunication switches and operational equipment that provides data
services to Internet users. The proposed project is an allowed use within M-1
District and is situated within an Industrial Protection Zone.
Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration
(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 26, 2001)
(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)
B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS
7. Commission Matters
C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT
8. Director's Announcements
9. Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors
and Board of Appeals
Presentation on Planning Department efforts to devise policies and regulations
to replace the Interim Controls which are currently in place in all Industrially-Zoned
Districts. These Interim Controls will expire on August 5, 2001.
D. REGULAR CALENDAR
Hope IV Housing Redevelopment Project (aka 500 Francisco Street) - Environmental
Impact Report Certification. Assessor's Block 42, Lot 1 and Assessor's
Block 43, Lot 1. The project is the demolition of 13 three-story buildings
containing 229 units of rental public housing units and child care facilities
for 38 children, and construction of 14 three- to four-story buildings with
360 units of affordable housing, neighborhood serving ground floor retail and
commercial office space, child care facilities for 38 children, and one level
of below-grade parking in the Fisherman's Wharf area. The 360 units would include
229 units of rental public housing, and 131 units of rental affordable housing
of which 48 would be designated for senior housing. The project would provide
404 independently accessible parking spaces. The site is approximately 200,000
square feet, bordered by Bay Street, Francisco Street, Mason Street and Columbus
Avenue. The project would require a Conditional Use Authorization from the
Planning Commission to permit planned unit development under Sections 303 and
304 of the Planning Code.
Please Note: The public
hearing for this item is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR
ended on April 17, 2001. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review
of the Final EIR's. However, public comment on the certification may be presented
to the Planning Commission.
20th STREET VACATION (aka 740 VERMONT
STREET) - Consideration of a proposal to vacate a portion of 20th Street
between Vermont and San Bruno Streets.
Finding proposal not in conformity with the General Plan.
STREET - south side between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street, Lot 014 in
Assessor’s Block 0646. Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning
Code Sections 303, 723.21, 121.2, 723.11 and 121.1 for a nonresidential use
exceeding 3,000 square feet in area and for development of a lot exceeding 10,000
square feet in area in the Polk Neighborhood Commercial district. This project
is for demolition of an existing single story building, currently used as a
parking garage, and construction of a 5 story over basement, 63 foot tall, mixed
use building with 15,342 square feet of commercial office or retail space on
the first two levels, 10 residential units on the fourth and fifth levels and
56 parking spaces in the basement and on the third level. This project lies
within the Polk Neighborhood Commercial District and within the 65-A Height
and Bulk District.
Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.
679 - 24th
AVENUE - northwest corner at Balboa Street; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block
1567. Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 209.6 of
the Planning Code to install a total of three antennas and a base transceiver
station on the existing Pacific Gas & Electric Substation building as part
of Sprint's wireless telecommunications network in an RH-2 (Residential, Two-Family)
District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. As per the Wireless Telecommunications Guidelines,
the subject site is a Preference 1.
Approval with conditions
West Portal Avenue (a.k.a. 101 VICENTE STREET) - northwest corner at Vicente
Street; Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 2988A. Request to amend the existing Conditional
Use Authorization for Motion No. 14300 under Planning Code Sections 729.53 and
729.21 to expand an existing Charles Schwab stock brokerage (classified as a
Business or Professional Service) into the adjacent ground story storefront
and increase the occupied floor area of the use from 2,700 square feet to 3,962
square feet, located in the West Portal Neighborhood Commercial District and
26-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
E. SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY
At Approximately 4:00 p.m. the Planning
Commission will convene into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing to
hear and act on Discretionary Review matters. Procedures governing Special
DR Hearings are as follows: DR Requestor(s) are provided with up to five (5)
minutes for a presentation and those in support of the DR Requestor(s) are provided
with up to three (3) minutes each. The Project Sponsor is then provided with
up to five (5) minutes for a presentation and those in support of the project
are provided with up to three (3) minutes each. At the conclusion, each side
(not each person) is provided with 2 minutes for a rebuttal. Those cases that
are scheduled on this calendar prior to 4:00 p.m., but have not been called
or heard by 4:00 p.m., could be continued to a later time or date as determined
by the Commission.
3868-96 NORIEGA STREET - northeast corner
of Noriega Street between 46th and 47th Avenues; Lots 53, 54 and 55 in Assessor's
Block 2004. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Applications:
9927325, 9937326, 9937327 for the demolition of a two-story structure
and the construction of three, mixed-use buildings, each containing three residential
units (total 9 units) over commercial space in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial
Cluster District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.
(Continued from Regular
Meeting of May 10, 2001)
Note: On April 26, 2001, after public testimony the
Commission closed the public hearing and continued the matter to May 10, 2001
instructed staff to explore finish materials for each building.
1041 LAKE STREET - south side between 11th
and 12th Avenues, Lot 043 in Assessor’s Block 1371. Request for Discretionary
Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/09/07/9909 proposing to extend
the rear of the building and to construct two additional floors to the existing
building (one-story over garage). A second story deck is also proposed within
the required rear yard as permitted by the Planning Code. The proposed alteration
occurs within the permitted building envelope in an RH-2 (Residential, House,
Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the project.
(FU: 558- 6613)
43 ELLSWORTH STREET - east side between Bernal
Heights and Powhattan Boulevards, Lot 029 in Assessor's Block 5625 -- Request
for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/01/24/0487,
proposing to remodel the interior space and extend the rear of the building
to the minimum rear yard setback in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family)
District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not
take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.
769-791 CASTRO STREET
- east side between Liberty and 21st Streets, Lot 025 in Assessor's Block 3603.
Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/02/20/2498,
proposing to merge two dwelling units into one dwelling unit in a RH-2 (Residential,
House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the building permit application
F. REGULAR CALENDAR CONTINUED
2318 FILLMORE STREET - SMITH-KETTLEWELL
EYE RESEARCH INSTITUTE ABBREVIATED INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN - Assessor’s
Block 612, Lot 19; 2209 Webster Street, Assessor’s Block 612, Lot 7; 2232 Webster
Street, Assessor’s Block 613, Lot 28; 2238 Webster Street, Assessor’s Block
613, Lot 15; 2244 Webster Street, Assessor’s Block 613, Lot 16; 2250-2252 Webster
Street, Assessor’s Block 613, Lot 17; 2389 Washington Street, Assessor’s Block
613, Lot 18; and 2472 Clay Street, Assessor’s Block 612, Lot 17 -- The Planning
Department received an Abbreviated Institutional Master Plan (Abbreviated IMP)
for the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) on January 5, 2001.
This Abbreviated IMP applies to SKERI’S properties, located in the Fillmore
Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD), the RM-2 (Mixed Residential, Moderate
Density) District, and the RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and the 160-F and
40-X Height and Bulk Districts. All of the properties, except 2318 Fillmore,
2232 Webster, and 2472 Clay are in the Webster Street Historic District. Per
the requirements of Planning Code Section 304.5, this filing was reported to
the members of the Planning Commission at the April 5, 2001 hearing. At that
hearing, the Commission directed staff to schedule a hearing for the receipt
of public testimony on the Abbreviated IMP for May 17, 2001, due to expressed
Recommendation: No action is required of the Commission. However, the Commission
may request additional information of the Institute.
G. PUBLIC COMMENT
At this time, members of the public may address the
Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter
jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda
items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the
item is reached in the meeting with one exception. When the agenda item has
already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were
allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity
to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion
of the Calendar. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up
to three minutes.
The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action
or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items
raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the commission is
(1) Responding to statements made or questions posed
by members of the public; or
(2) Requesting staff to report back on a matter
at a subsequent meeting; or
(3) Directing staff to place the item on a future
agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))